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Nun who kissed Elvis, ditched Hollywood and found her home

Nun who kissed Elvis, ditched Hollywood and found her home

| Christina Capecchi | March 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

Dolores Hart was 19 when she filmed her first movie scene: kissing Elvis Presley.

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Being human: Pope Francis delights many, frustrates some

Being human: Pope Francis delights many, frustrates some

| Cindy Wooden | February 19, 2016 | 3 Comments

The pope is human. Pope Francis demonstrated that in Mexico, as he does wherever he goes, and most people find it attractive most of the time. In Pope Francis, Catholics can see a real person trying to live his faith in a complicated world.

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Bringing Christ to the caucus

Bringing Christ to the caucus

| Bishop Andrew Cozzens | February 17, 2016 | 2 Comments

Venturing into the political realm today can be an unappealing prospect. Sometimes it seems that American politics appeals to our base fears and prejudices, while advancing only the special interests of a powerful few.

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How to caucus: MCC explains

How to caucus: MCC explains

| Minnesota Catholic Conference | February 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

As Catholics, caucusing provides us an opportunity not only to live out the call to faithful citizenship, but also to have a meaningful impact on the political process.

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‘Quick, lock the car doors!’

‘Quick, lock the car doors!’

| February 12, 2016 | 1 Comment

How can racism be overcome? A black educator shares ideas that are part of the formation of young people at an inner-city Catholic elementary school and appropriate for all ages.

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Getting to know Jesus: A personal relationship?

Getting to know Jesus: A personal relationship?

| Jeff Cavins | February 11, 2016 | 1 Comment

Is there a such thing as a personal relationship with Christ? The answer is yes! When it comes to encountering Christ and continuing to mature in Christ, there are two aspects that are important: both a personal relationship as well as a corporate relationship. Both aspects of knowing Christ are necessary and should be embraced, fostered and celebrated.

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The mystery of male-female complementarity

The mystery of male-female complementarity

| Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk | February 4, 2016 | 7 Comments

James Parker came out at age 17 and later entered into a relationship with another man. He worked as a gay activist for a while, but his personal experiences of intimacy and human sexuality eventually led him to grasp that “same-sex marriage just doesn’t exist; even if you want to say that it does.” He concluded that trying to persuade those with homosexual inclinations that they can have marriage like heterosexual couples is basically to “hoodwink” them: “Deep down, there is no mystery between two men, ultimately.“

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Surrogacy and the throwaway culture

Surrogacy and the throwaway culture

| Kathryn Mollen | February 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

Throughout his pontificate, Pope Francis has waged a war on the “throwaway culture,” in which anything can be commodified and given a dollar value, and where life itself can be, in his words, “considered a consumer good to be used and then discarded.”

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Contemplating the last words of Jesus on the cross

Contemplating the last words of Jesus on the cross

| Elizabeth Kelly | February 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

I don’t know if this story is true but it seems plausible, so I’ll repeat it here. The famous and mightily beloved singer/songwriter James Taylor was giving a concert when someone in the audience yelled out, “I love you, James!” Things fell very quiet for a moment and Taylor looked up from his guitar and said very simply, “Oh yeah? What makes me sad?”

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Oh what a tangled web: rising above Instagram envy

Oh what a tangled web: rising above Instagram envy

| Christina Capecchi | February 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

Melina Birchem has uploaded 777 images to her Instagram account over the past two years: sushi, Starbucks, her new tattoo, rosary beads, cowboy boots. Sometimes the juxtaposition is jarring. A glowing monstrance, a chilled margarita. A snapshot from waitressing, a prayer journal documenting her consecration to the Blessed Mother.

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‘The Revenant’ and the search for a higher justice

‘The Revenant’ and the search for a higher justice

| Bishop Robert Barron | February 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

Alejandro Iñárritu’s new film “The Revenant” is one of the most talked about movies, and for good reason. The opening 20 minutes, which feature a frighteningly realistic Indian attack and a horrifically vivid mauling by a grizzly bear, are absolutely compelling viewing. And the remainder of the film is so involving that this viewer, at least, felt physically sick as he followed the sufferings of the main character.

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